It is always assumed that having a positive impact means that you are doing your purpose. So find that external thing you can contribute to and that matters to you and you will be living your purpose.
That is what I thought too.
And then 10 years ago I started working with leaders in humanitarian organisations, social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and changemakers. They were definitely doing good. And so I thought that they would also be energised, inspired and feel on purpose.
Some did, but a lot didn't. Many were burning out or had burnt out. I lost count of the number of founders who had to walk away - for a while at least - from their ventures even though they believed in the cause, because somehow it felt off. And even though some were making a powerful positive impact they felt disconnected from what they were doing. And somehow it all felt meaningless.
Initially I was at a loss. Because this idea that your purpose is having a...